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What to watch this week on IFC: Dec. 11 – 16

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Oh the weather outside is frightful, and IFC is so delightful and since you’ve no place to go, watch these shows, watch these shows, watch these shows.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Tuesday

We know the first rule of Fight Club is not to talk about Fight Club, but we feel it is our duty to inform you that we’re showing David Fincher’s “Fight Club” at 8/7c. Tune in to watch Brad Pitt and Ed Norton beat the tuna salad out of each other and a lot of other guys for fun and an attempt to regain their masculinity.

Wednesday

Tonight we are doing our part and airing 12.12.12 The Concert for Sandy Relief. Musicians perform at Madison Square Garden to aid Hurricane Sandy victims; with Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters, The Who, Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones.

Thursday

Drop whatever you are doing and tune in at 8/7c to watch “Escape From LA” and witness the return of Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell). John Carpenter directs the awesome low-budget action flick which imagines what happens if (or when) a massive earthquake makes an island out of Los Angeles. In Carpenter’s dystopian version, LA becomes a No Man’s Land where anyone opposed to the country’s tyrannical, religious-fanatic President (Cliff Robertson) is exiled. But that’s not all: When a powerful device that can shut down the world’s electronic systems ends up in the hands of some revolutionaries, our eyepatch-wearing anti-hero is recruited to once again help the Commander in Chief get out of a jam.

Friday

After a new episode of Whisker Wars at 10/9c, pack your bags and your fleece, because we are heading to Winter in Portlandia for a new installment of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s hit sketch comedy show. In the special, it’s wintertime in Portlandia and Peter and Nance struggle to keep off winter weight by cutting pasta from their diets, Candace’s son (SNL’s Bobby Moynihan) visits Women and Women First bookstore for the holidays, and a couple tries to keep their food cart in business. Tune in at 10:30/9:30c.

Saturday

Tune in at 8/7c for Trapped in the Closet, the deluxe edition, a newly remastered and remixed edition of the saga from the very beginning. If you don’t already know, R. Kelly’s hip hopera is a bold, humorous and dramatic journey through Chicago with a diverse cast of characters who are connected by a mysterious package. Then stay tuned for Trapped in the Closet, part three, the next installment of ongoing drama now with even more mystery. Sylvester, Rufus, Cathy, Tina, Roxanne, Rosie the Nosy Neighbor, Twan and Pimp Lucius are joined by new characters for more of the Trapped story.

Sunday

Spend Sunday getting scared out of your pants. We’re showing “Friday the 13th: A New Beginning” at 7/6c so you can watch a bunch of teens (Melanie Kinnaman, Shavar Ross) get chased around by a nut job in Jason’s hockey mask and they are forced to take matters into their own hands. And by hands we mean chainsaw. Then stay tuned for terror when we show “Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives”. With movies this frightening you’ll be dying to go back to work.

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Car Notes

Portlandia Keeps Road Rage In Park

Get a lesson in parking etiquette on a new Portlandia.

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It’s the most American form of cause and effect: Park like a monster, receive a passive-aggressive note.

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This unofficial rule of the road is critical to keeping the great big wheel of car-related Karma in balance. And naturally, Portlandia’s Kath and Dave have elevated it to an awkward, awkward art form in Car Notes, the Portlandia web series presented by Subaru.

If you’ve somehow missed the memo about Car Notes until now, you can catch up on every installment online, on the IFC app, and on demand. You can even have a little taste right here:

If your interest is piqued – great news for you! A special Car Notes sketch makes an appearance in the latest episode of Portlandia, and you can catch up on it now right here.

Watch all-new Portlandia Thursdays at 10P on IFC.

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Naked and Hungry

Two New Ways to Threeway

IFC's Comedy Crib gets sensual in time for Valentine's Day.

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This week, two scandalous new digital series debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib.
Ménage à Trois invites people to participate in a real-life couple’s fantasy boudoir. And The Filling is Mutual follows two saucy chefs who invite comedians to make food inspired by their routines. Each show crosses some major boundaries in sexy and/or delicious ways, and each are impossible to describe in detail without arousing some awkward physical cravings. Which is why it’s best to hear it directly from the minds behind the madness…

Ménage à Trois

According to Diana Kolsky and Murf Meyer, the two extremely versatile constants in the ever-shifting à trois, “MàT is a sensually psychedelic late night variety show exploring matters of hearts, parts and every goddamn thing in between…PS, any nudes will be 100% tasteful.”

This sexy brainchild includes sketches, music, and props that would put Pee-wee’s Playhouse to shame. But how could this fantastical new twist on the vanilla-sex variety show format have come to be?

“We met in a UCB improv class taught by Chris Gethard. It was clear that we both humped to the beat of our own drum; our souls and tongues intermingled at the bar after class, so we dove in head first.”

Sign me up, but promise to go slow. This tricycle is going to need training wheels.

The Filling is Mutual

Comedians Jen Saunderson and Jenny Zigrino became best friends after meeting in the restroom at the Gotham Comedy Club, which explains their super-comfortable dynamic when cooking with their favorite comedians. “We talk about comedy, sex, menses, the obnoxiousness of Christina Aguilera all while eating food that most would push off their New Year’s resolution.”

The hook of cooking food based off of comedy routines is so perfect and so personal. It made us wonder about what dishes Jen & Jenny would pair with some big name comedy staples, like…

Bill Murray?
“Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to… Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to avoid doing any kind of silly Groundhog Day reference.” 

Bridget Everett?
“Cream Balls… Sea Salt encrusted Chocolate Ganache Covered Ice Cream Ball that melt cream when you bite into them.” 

Nick Kroll & John Mulaney? 
“I’d make George and Gil black and white cookies from scratch and just as we open the oven to put the cookie in we’d prank ’em with an obnoxious amount of tuna!!!”

Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen? 
“Definitely a raw cacao “safe word” brownie. Cacao!”

Just perfect.

See both new series in their entirety on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Dark Arts

Foot Fetish Jesus And Other Nightmares

Meet the minds behind Comedy Crib's latest series, Quirks and The Mirror.

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The Mirror and Quirks are really, really strange. Deeply disturbing yet hauntingly beautiful. But you really don’t need to read a synopsis of either of the aforementioned shows to understand the exact variety of nightmare-bonkers comedy these shows deliver — that’s why the good lord made links. Instead, take a peek behind the curtain and meet the creators.

Quirks

Let’s start with Kevin Tosi. Kevin does the whole show by himself. That doesn’t mean he’s a loner — Kevin has a day job with actual humans. But that day job is copywriting. So it’s only natural that his suppressed demons would manifest themselves in biting cartoon form, including “Foot Fetish Jesus”, in ways that somehow speak to all of us. If only all copywriters channeled their inner f*ckedupness into such…expressive art.

The Mirror

Onward to the folks at Wham City Comedy.

These guys aren’t your typical comedy collective in that their work is way more left-field and even elevated than your standard digital short. More funny weird than funny ha-ha. They’ve done collaborations with musicians like Beach House, Dan Deacon & Wye Oak, television networks (obviously), and others. Yeah they get paid, but their motivation feels deeper. Darker. Most of them are video artists, and that explains a lot.

See more of The Mirror and Quirks on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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